Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.
But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.
This has been such an imaginative and unique series. I’ve loved every page of it. I went into Black Heart sad that it was about to be over, but hoping that this final installment could live up to the first two. It definitely did.
Poor, poor Cassel. He’s always trying to do the right thing and he always gets the crap end of the deal. Things aren’t looking any better for him at the beginning of Black Heart. He has no idea who to trust, Lila won’t speak to him, and trouble just seems to find him. It seems pretty hopeless for Cassel but leave it to him to con everyone, including us readers, and get himself out of it. His growth since book one is fantastic and I love him even more now. He was a excellent character to root for.
I can’t say much about the plot for fear of all kinds of spoilers. Black Heart by Holly Black is just as much of a wild ride as the first two. I had no idea what direction the story was going to take and that was really fun. Oftentimes, the last book in a really great series is not everything you hoped it would be. Black Heart was. I can’t think of a better ending to such an extraordinary series. If you haven’t read these yet, you should! It’s on my favorites list for sure.
While I’m sad the trilogy is over, I’m so happy with how Cassel’s story ended. I just hope he stays out of trouble…